Orange County Republicans have approved a resolution calling on embattled Assemblyman Bill Brough, R-San Juan Capistrano, to retire at the end of his term next year.
Brough, who has faced allegations of sexual misconduct and is under investigation by state ethics officials regarding campaign spending, has denied the claims.
He did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the vote taken Monday night by the Orange County Republican Party Central Committee’s leadership.
The resolution asks Brough to end his re-election campaign based on “the totality of the circumstances and controversies surrounding the assemblyman.”
Brough’s sexual misconduct accusers — Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Jennifer Rodriguez and Heather Baez, issued a joint statement
“Bill Brough’s sexual misconduct and predatorial behavior has already caused each of us great pain and anxiety. As if that was not enough, now he is using his position of power to shame and intimidate us. Unfortunately for Bill, his actions have given us more resolve than ever to stand up against his bullying tactics and tell people the truth about his behavior. We are not scared of him and will not be silenced.”
In June, Bartlett spoke out against an endorsement of Brough during a meeting of the Republican Central Committee in Costa Mesa. She alleged that while the two served on the Dana Point City Council in March 2011, he made an unwanted pass on her after a city council meeting.
Bartlett accused him of clutching her from behind and putting an arm around her shoulder while inviting her out for a drink.
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer’s chief of staff, Melanie Eustice, has announced that she will seek to unseat Brough, as has another Republican, Laguna Niguel City Councilwoman Laurie Davies, and a Democrat, Scott Rhinehart.